There are eight service clubs operating stands selling legal fireworks this year in Paramount. As always, illegal fireworks are banned within the City. (The regulations are laid out below.)
Last year, Sheriff's deputies issued 58 citations totaling $58,000 in fines to persons caught lighting illegal fireworks. The collected money helps pay for providing law enforcement services leading up to, and including, the July 4th holiday.
Here is a reminder of what's legal and illegal in Paramount when it comes to those fireworks…
The City of Paramount now has an outdoor Farmers Market open Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The market is located in the Bianchi Theatre parking lot at 14409 Paramount Boulevard, south of Rosecrans Ave.
Shoppers can browse vendors offering a variety of organic and conventional fresh fruits and vegetables. Other purveyors feature prepared food and pre-packaged goods such as dried fruits, bakery items, peanuts, and honey.
The market is a great new resource for the community and one more way that the City is promoting healthy lifestyle choices.
A fun, new summertime offering in the City is Food Truck Fridays where you can become a street-side gourmand in Paramount Park. A variety of cuisine-mobiles will set up shop in the parking lot there from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. every week until August 14.
Due to the ongoing drought, currently in its 4th year, state regulations now require Paramount to reduce its water consumption by 12%. As a result, residents must cut back on outside water usage in the following ways:
* Outdoor watering is only allowed on Mondays and Thursdays from April through October.
* Outdoor watering is only allowed on Mondays from November through March.
* Water run-off from lawns and landscaping is prohibited.
* Hosing down paved surfaces is not permitted.
* Washing a car at a residence is not allowed.
Paramount has passed a Turf Removal and Re-Landscaping Program for all properties in town. The guidelines cover removing turf (grass) and re-landscape with drought-tolerant plantings or replacement with artificial turf.
As part of the program, the City will provide consultation with a professional landscape designer, free of charge. The consultant will assist the property owner in drawing up a landscape plan for presentation to and approval by the City.
Debido a la actual sequía, ya en su cuarto año, las regulaciones estatales ahora exigen una reducción del 12% en el consumo de agua. Como resultado, los residentes de Paramount deberán recortar el uso de agua al aire libre. Esto se dará de las siguiente manera:
* Regar afuera sólo se permite los lunes y jueves de abril a octubre.
* Regar afuera sólo se permite los lunes de noviembre a marzo.
* Está prohibido dejar que el agua se desperdicie desbordándose del césped y jardineras.
* No se permite lavar superficies pavimentadas con agua de la manguera.
* No está permitido lavar automóviles en casa.
Also on May 19, residents can register either online or at the Recreation Office (15300 Downey Ave.) for the City's Summer Day Camp.
Children ages 5 to 12 are eligible to participate in the camp, which runs from June 15th through August 7th. The program operates from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for July 4th. In addition to being a safe and fun place to spend the summer, the camp also provides a healthy breakfast and lunch, as well as swim lessons. (If opting out of the free meal program, please send a sack lunch and daily snack with your child.)
With summer just around the corner, swim season is near for our City pool. Paramount residents and PUSD families can receive special rates for recreational swimming at the Paramount Park pool - $1 per entry for youth (ages 17 and under) and $2 per entry for adults. In order to qualify for these resident rates you will need an identification band, which can be purchased for $1 and is good for the entire summer. Be sure and bring it with you every time you visit the pool this year. (Per-visit rates for non-residents or those without an ID band are $3 for youth and $4 for adults.)
Registration for summer swim lessons begins on May 19, as well, for residents and PUSD families. Prior to that, a special registration event will be held at Progress Plaza East (15500 Downey Ave.) on May 18 only from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. To register, bring proof of residency (photo ID and current utility bill) or proof of PUSD enrollment (current-year school ID) along with proof of age.
Starting on May 19, you can register in person at the Community Services and Recreation Office (15300 Downey Ave., Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) and Paramount Park Community Center (14400 Paramount Blvd., Monday - Thursday, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.).
A line up of Paramount productions - from the city, not the movie studio - is now on the video-streaming website YouTube. Shows highlight such things as public presentations at City Council meetings, special community events, an oral history of the our town, and other Paramount profiles. Click this link to visit www.youtube.com/cityofparamount.
On February 26, the Oversight Board for the Successor Agency for the Paramount Redevelopment Agency approved the Recognized Obligations Payment Schedule (ROPS) for the period July 2015 through December 2015. The ROPS was submitted to the California Department of Finance for review.
Additional information about the elimination of redevelopment agencies can be found on the California Department of Finance's website.